Lehigh Gap Nature Center

connecting people with nature through Conservation, Education, and Research

Upcoming events at LGNC:

Cabin Fever Book Club
Mar 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cabin Fever Book Club

Join us for a virtual discussion of Tom Turner’s David Brower!

About the Cabin Fever Book Club:

The Cabin Fever Book Club meets once a month during the fall and winter months to discuss fascinating books on such topics as ecology, environmental history, and environmentalism. The 2020-21 Cabin Fever Book Club meetings will take place from 10:00 a.m. to noon on the dates listed below! Books will be available at the Palmerton and Slatington libraries, Lehigh Gap Nature Center, and on Amazon.com (at a cost). Please contact us at mail@lgnc.org if you have any questions, or if you would like to lead a discussion!

Until we can safely meet in person again, all Book Club meetings will take place on Zoom.

2020-2021 Cabin Fever Book Club Reading List:

October 15, 2020: American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee
November 19, 2020: Mycelium Running by Paul Stamets
December 17, 2020: The Overstory by Richard Powers
January 21, 2021: Seaweed Chronicles by Susan Hand Shetterly
February 18, 2021: The Death and Life of the Great Lake by Dan Egan
March 18, 2021: David Brower by Tom Turner
Virtual Speaker Series — Anita Collins, Ph.D.
Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Virtual Speaker Series — Anita Collins, Ph.D.

The Native Bees of Lehigh Gap Nature Center” — Anita Collins, Ph.D.

Lehigh Gap Nature Center’s ten-year survey of native bees found 93 species across our habitats. Some are really strange, some are beautiful. Come learn about who they are!

Dr. Collins is the President of LGNC’s Board of Directors and a retired USDA bee geneticist.

Click Here to register for this event! http://bit.ly/LGNC_Speaker_Series_6

About Our Virtual Speaker Series:

Typically, our Speaker Series events are held in-person, but this year we are going to be doing things a little bit differently. Speakers will be conducting their talks “virtually” through Zoom. Following registration, you will be provided with a link for a Zoom conference, which will give you access to the event at the scheduled date and time.

If you are familiar with and already have Zoom installed on your device, then you are all set. If you have never used Zoom before, no worries! Upon clicking the link, Zoom will automatically install itself and you’ll be ready to go! Zoom is a small, safe application that allows you to participate in video conferencing events such as this one! While a camera and microphone are not essential to view the presentation, they do make interaction with the speaker possible during question and answer sessions. Click here for more information on Zoom: https://zoom.us.

We hope to see virtually!

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Michal Kubik Memorial Fund

LGNC is pleased to launch a new Memorial Fund honoring long-time member and former Board President, Michal Kubik. If you have ever attended LGNC’s Migration Fest and other events, you likely remember Michal as the friendly reptile expert who always enjoyed showing his collection of snakes, turtles, and other live animals at the Osprey House. Michal loved to share his passion for the natural world with others — both as a biology professor and as an LGNC volunteer.
Michal’s family established the Michal Kubik Memorial Fund to directly support LGNC’s educational outreach. Donations to this fund will allow LGNC to carry on Michal’s legacy and carry out his commitment to education for years to come. Please consider making a donation at this link: http://bit.ly/LGNC_Kubik_Fund
2020 Nature in Art Virtual Show!

LGNC’s 2020 Nature in Art Virtual Show is now live!

Anita Collins has put together a virtual art show of all winners from past events. To view the show please Click Here!

LGNC Online Learning Series

Introducing a new online video series from LGNC!

While our in-person programs for schools and the community are on hold for the time being, our education team has been busy creating virtual education resources for all to use and enjoy! New videos are now being posted regularly to our YouTube page. In addition to species spotlights, we are putting together a variety of science lessons and virtual tours of the Refuge!

Here is the link to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/LGNC_YouTube

Be sure to like our videos and subscribe to our channel!!!


LGNC Osprey House Update (6/11/20)

Everyone is doing their part in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and so are we at LGNC. In light of current guidelines and the situation facing our nation, the Osprey House will remain closed to the public and all in-person programs will be cancelled until further notice.

This is a disappointment and an inconvenience for us all, but it is an important sacrifice to make to prevent matters from getting worse. We will continue to update the public regularly through Facebook, our website, and emails.

It is important to note that our trails will still remain open to the general public. Please be respectful of any temporary trail closures due to ongoing PPL transmission line work. Even when PPL construction is in progress, there are still plenty of trails to explore, and the Appalachian Trail is still accessible from our parking lot!

We want everyone using our trails to have a safe, healthy, and enriching experience. Hike on established trails only. Use of shortcuts and unofficial trails cause maintenance and safety issues. Please maintain a safe distance of 6 feet from other guests on the trails and in the parking lot.

Also, we ask that folks using our trails follow the 7 principles of Leave No Trace found at this link: https://bit.ly/Leave_No_Trace_LGNC. In particular, we ask that you follow the principle regarding “pack in, pack out.” We do not have the capacity to handle the extra trash from a high influx of visitors. Just stash your trash in your backpack, pockets, etc. and take it with you.

Thank you and be safe and stay healthy!

-LGNC Staff

LGNC Restoration Mini Documentary

The Neffs National Bank EITC

We thank The Neffs National Bank for their generous $10,000 donation in support of LGNC’s environmental education programs for area schools! The Neffs National Bank presented donations to nine educational foundations totaling $100,000. The donations were given in March of 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and were officially presented in September. This donation was made through The Neffs National Bank’s participation in the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program.

Dan Kunkle's Retirement and LGNC Transition!

Thanks to Times News Lehighton for their recent article on Dan Kunkle’s tenure as Executive Director of LGNC! While Dan will be retiring at the end of this month, he will be joining the LGNC Board as Director Emeritus. Current staff members Chad Schwartz and Brian Birchak will serve as Co-directors of the Nature Center beginning on January 1, 2020.

Click Here for the article!!!

Remembering Bill Mineo
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Bill Mineo, one of LGNC’s founding members. We mourn the loss of this key figure in Lehigh Gap Nature Center’s creation and success. Click here for the Autumn 2017 Wildlife Activist  (#81) to read a recent Board member spotlight article on Bill. Also, click here to view Bill’s obituary. Our condolences to the family.
LGNC + Sun Club = Awesome!!!
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Community Partnership: Moravian College and LGNC
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